23. May 2011 · Comments Off on Children & Classical Music · Categories: Read Online

Last year in Risør, Norway, where I am one of the artistic directors of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, we gave a lot of kindergartners a CD with about 20 musical highlights, including movements from a Bach orchestral suite, Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata and Papageno’s aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute. We played them continuously in the kindergarten breaks for two months and asked the kids to pick their favorites. From those favorites, we put together a live concert at the Risør Festival that was a huge success! The children loved everything on the program, which featured everything from Piazzolla to Beethoven.

-Leif Ove Andsnes


I would love to do something like that! Letting them choose their faves really draws kids in. Besides, it’s great fun to hear their thoughts on the pieces. Children can really surprise us with their likes and dislikes.

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